Everything Points Towards Victor Wanyama Coming To Arsenal

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Victor Wanyama is one man that numerous sources have pointed to as the solution to Arsenal’s problems. Reports indicate that Wenger may agree.

There are many names being talked about among the media as guys that could solve Arsenal’s midfield problem. Granit Xhaka, Lars Bender and Grzegorz Krychowiak are three of those guys but there are gobs more. Of course, the media can talk about it all they want, all that matters is if Arsene Wenger wants to talk about them.

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The only player that Arsene Wenger has talked about, albeit briefly, is Victor Wanyama. “I rate the player,” Wenger said, as quoted by the Mirror. Naturally, he went on to try to erase any hint that he may be pursuing the Kenyan, but now that we know that Wenger likes him, very little else needs to be known. After all, why would Wenger rate a player that he was not interested in? Seems conspicuous.

Wenger is not the only person that has spoken in favor of Wanyama’s quality. Arsenal legend Robert Pires has revealed what he thinks of Wanyama as well, saying, as quoted by ESPNFC, that Wanyama is good enough for Arsenal. 

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Add to that Thierry Henry’s recent statements about his belief that Arsene Wenger will sign a defensive midfielder and we have three strong indications that Victor Wanyama is coming to Arsenal.

As such, reports have emerged that a £15m bid has been made by Wenger, according to the Metro. Wanyama has already made it crystal clear that he wishes to leave the Saints, but manager Ronald Koeman is less than inclined to let his midfield bruiser leave. Rumor has it he blocked a move to Tottenham over the summer. However, with the Saints continuing to sink and Arsenal continuing to rise, Koeman may be reserved to letting another one of his key players slip through his fingers.

Wanyama would certainly solve Arsenal’s midfield problem and he comes at the cheapest price of any other options. Arsenal need a midfield force who can do exactly what Coquelin had been doing. They need someone to shut down passing lanes in the middle of the pitch and push the opposition off the ball when they start to build momentum. Wanyama can do both of those things.

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He does not have the most offensive prowess, but he has been known to fire from distance and he has a few goals to his name. But Arsenal does not need a goal scorer. They need a bully and a bruiser.